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Alma Thomas

Red Sunset, Old Pond Concerto
1972
acrylic
68 1/2 x 52 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Woodward Foundation

Alma Thomas began her fine arts studies in the field of costume design but gradually shifted her focus to painting. She called these abstract patterns “Alma’s stripes” or “earth paintings” but gave them realistic titles. Nature and music fascinated her. Perhaps it was the shimmering shades of sunset on the water of a local pond that inspired this work.